Sandra Bullock as Sally in the movie Practical Magic

“He will hear my call a mile away. He will whistle my favorite song. He can ride a pony backwards, he can flip pancakes in the air, he will be marvelously kind and his favorite shape will be a star. And he’ll have one green eye and one blue.”

“I thought you never wanted to fall in love.”

“That’s the point. The guy I dreamed up doesn’t exist. And if he doesn’t exist, I’ll never die of a broken heart.”

I love the movie Practical Magic, which is where this excerpt is from, for a number of reasons. This scene is from near the start, when little Sally has decided she never wants to fall in love after witnessing the wreck it made of one local woman.

The first time I saw the movie, I was still relatively new to the Craft, so my understanding of spells and magick was limited (as it is still now!) but this scene changed the way I thought about spells. New Wiccans and witches will default to finding an already existing spell from online or a book and tweak it to their own purposes, which is perfectly acceptable. There’s something to be said about structuring how you want to focus your attention and direct your energies. But this little scene reveals another way to summon up a spell—by the will of our own hearts and our own knowledge, out of the sheer joy of a moment.

Have you ever been inspired to offer up thanks for the sunshine on a beautiful day, or impulsively make a wish? I have, and it seems to me it’s a waste if you have to bottle that feeling for spell casting later when it’s the most potent in that one moment. As Wiccans we are in tune with the world around us, and the All that flows through that world. When inspiration strikes—we do not need to wait to act upon it. A spell cast with a smile and quickly pieced together rhyme is just as powerful as one performed within a circle and to a well-thought-out chant.

What are your own experiences with spontaneous spell casting? Have you given it a try lately?